Scouting Opposition: Bournemouth Have Struggled Since Last Manchester United Encounter

Manchester United are about to end their 2018. This year has not been an easy one for all Man United fans and the feeling at the club is generally not great. However, looking at the past 10 days, it is a different story, as the Devils feel much more positive about everything going on, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepping in until June to clean up the mess behind Jose Mourinho.

The year will be finished against Bournemouth. The Cherries have already played United this season, in that match at Dean Court when the Devils managed to get back after falling behind. It was Marcus Rashford who scored the winner late on. This time, things are expected to be a bit different. United feel very comfortable with themselves, at least they have been in the past two matches under Solskjaer.

So, let’s have a look at why is that expected this time and examine how did Bournemouth do in the meantime, since the last time these two sides met.

Two Wins In Eight

Bournemouth have played eight Premier League matches since and have won just two of them. The problem would not have been as big if there were some draws in between, but there was not a single one. Therefore, the Cherries have lost all six of the remaining matches and six points in this period is not a good look.

Eddie Howe had issues with his team – but also with the opponents he had to face – and Bournemouth have dropped in the standings. They are now sitting in 12th place, though a win over United would bring them up to eighth. Yet, that tells more about the teams around them, being unable to profit off their losses.

Tough Run Behind Them

The big truth is that Bournemouth also had some really tough opponents in the past eight matches. Bournemouth played City and Tottenham away from home, while they hosted Arsenal and Liverpool. Only against Newcastle they were favourites and yet still lost that match, before beating Huddersfield and Brighton at their Dean Court.

Spurs put five past Asmir Begovic, while Liverpool scored four. They were a bit lucky to beat Huddersfield, while only against Brighton they played how they did for the most part of the opening 10 or 12 matches.

Four Players To Stop

Man United, however, will have a tougher opposition than Huddersfield and Cardiff were. Bournemouth are a team that can hurt anyone on their day, although their form against top six sides is a poor one. The quartet of their players really caught the attention of Premier League fans around the world.

Callum Wilson is having a great season with eight goals and five assists, while three offensive midfielders have produced great numbers as well. Joshua King is playing like a second striker and has five goals and two assists, while David Brooks and Ryan Fraser are playing on the flanks. The former has five goals and an assist, while the latter has been magnificent with four goals and staggering eight assists so far!

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